DESIGN BASICS: DO IT YOURSELF

DESIGN BASICS: DO IT YOURSELF

Hello lovely reader,

I have always wanted to share, inspire, give tips and creative ideas. So here it is, my first proper blog.  I have been holding it off, as I am not a creative writer and my native language is Dutch, which makes me more insecure.  Anyway, I have decided to take the plunge and do it. I hope you find it helpful.

If you like designing your own room, but would like some tips. Todays blog is for you.

HOW CAN I GET MY ROOM LOOKING RIGHT?!

From a young age I have always been hands on, there were many times when I’d decided to change my bedroom around and started painting the walls. Some makeovers where good, some were awful. To be fair, I still like experimenting in my own home now, I  like trying things out.

The thing is, you have to test things and try things out to see if they work in real life. This is all great when you are a professional and have a painter at hand, but as a home owner you don’t have the luxurity to just try out lots of options. You want the right look & feel for the budget you had in mind, the first time round.

I have gathered some basic design tips to use, for designing your own room.

MAKE A PLAN

This is the most important thing, make a plan and stick to it!  Find pictures, look through magazines, go on Instagram & Pinterest and find pictures with examples you love.

Step 1

Make sure you find pictures of what you want your room to look like, look at the look & feel, but also at the style and colours.
• Would you want it to be cosy, modern, minimalistic, dark, light, inviting, formal, colourful?
• Think of the style furniture: traditional, modern, Scandi, French, natural.
• What kind of items do you need: a rug, table, lamp, vase, picture frame, the type of window dressing, the pendant light you love. Just save it all.

Step 2

Once you have collected lots of images: Shift through them, delete the ones you are not so interested in anymore, repeat this a couple of days later.

Step 3

Make a mood board. Use the collection of pictures you narrowed down to to make a mood board. You can use Canva for this, or print it all out and cut and paste. If you are unsure, you can also ask a designer to make a mood board for you and give you suggestions for the type of products that go with the mood board.

Step 4

Now your mood board is done. This is your plan to stick with. If you see anything you like for your room, check your mood board: does it fit in? Does the colour work, is it the same style and does it fit my budget.

If you had a go at making your own mood board, please post it here! Or email me, tell me how you did it and if you ran into any obstacles. I am here to help.

Love, Nadine



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